big stick diplomacy

International negotiations backed by the threat of force. The phrase comes from a proverb quoted by Theodore Roosevelt, who said that the United States should “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”


Nearby words

  1. big sister,
  2. big skate,
  3. big smoke,
  4. big spring,
  5. big stick,
  6. big stink,
  7. big talk,
  8. big ten,
  9. big tent,
  10. big time

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